2020 Class Listing

**This is not the full class listing, classes will continue to be added as we work out scheduling conflicts.**





Training Series

Community Gardens Development Training (CGDT) provides community residents with technical assistance, leadership training, horticulture education and start-up materials. This training ultimately helps to carry out the mission of the Civic Garden Center, extending the impact to a broad number of people in Cincinnati. This class is also a great resource for folks interested in becoming involved in an existing community garden or vegetable gardening at home. These classes are free of charge! Many classes are hands-on workshops. CGDT is sponsored in part by the Meshewa Farm Foundation.  For information on 2019 CGDT classes contact  Click here to complete an application for the series.

HUB Garden Classes*

These classes are held in one of our HUB Community Gardens and are designed to help you get the most from your garden and the seasonal produce it yields. They are free and open to anyone interested. Please join us in one or all of the gardens! Keep checking back for Environmental Education Workshops coming to these gardens later this summer.  Dates, places and times to be announced in the near future – check back soon.

Hub Garden classes are sponsored in part through a generous grant from the Duke Energy Foundation.


Course Descriptions


Intro to Sustainability

Date: Thursday, January 30th, 6-7:30 pm
Instructor: Kylie Johnson, Green Learning Station Coordinator
Cost: $15 (free for CGC volunteers, call us to register)

The term “sustainability” is thrown around a lot these days. Used in a broad context, the concept sounds abstract and daunting to tackle. However, living a sustainable lifestyle doesn’t have to be complicated. In this session, we will explore how one person can make choices that are good for the health of the planet and people. Sustainable living is unique to each individual and can be simple, money-saving, and possible for everyone.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Crop Planning: Develop a Schedule for Your Garden

Date: Tuesday, Febrauary 4th, 6-8pm
Instructor: Joshua Jones,  UC Adjunct Professor of Horticulture & Community Garden Manager at Turner Farms
$15 (free for CGC volunteers, call us to register)

This class will help you get the most out of your garden all year long by thinking ahead and creating a schedule that makes sense for you and the plants you are growing. We will discuss how to maximize your yields by properly planning your spring, summer, and fall gardens. We will explore seed starting schedules, transplanting schedules, and succession planting to maximize soil health and crop production. This class is great for beginning gardeners and expert gardeners alike. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Beekeeping 101: Beekeeping for Beginners

Date: Mondays, February 10th, 17th, 24th, 6-8pm
Ray Babcock, Phil Hucke, Randy Morgan, Leaders of the Southwest OH Beekeepers Association
$50 for the 3 class series

Looking for a new hobby in 2020? We’ve got you covered! Join members of the Southwest Ohio Beekeepers Association (SWOBA) to learn how to start and maintain your own hive of honey bees. This 3 part series will provide you with the basics needed to get a successful hive started such as what equipment is needed and where to obtain your bees. You will learn about bee biology, how to monitor their progress, and vital skills for working with the bees directly. The program will be taught by 3 members of SWOBA who have over 50 years of combined beekeeping experience. Join us for 3 nights of great beekeeping information. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Spring Ephemerals

Date: Thursday, February 13th, 6-8pm
Greg Torres, CGC Horticulturalist
Cost: $15 (free for CGC volunteers, call us to register)

Springtime in the forests of Southwest Ohio greets us with brief and sudden flashes of flowers. These flowers are collectively known as “spring ephemerals” because of their short bloom time. Taking advantage of early spring light, before being shaded by the leafing out of the deciduous canopy, these small flowers carpet the forest floor with hues of white, yellow and blue. Additionally, many of these spring ephemerals provide an important early season food source for insects limbering up from a cold winter. This class will introduce the participant to some of these early bloomers and provide information on their life histories. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

How to Cook the Best Diet for You

Date: Thursday, February 27th, 6-8:30 pm
Kate Zaidan, Dean’s Mediterranean Imports
Cost: $35 (includes all food and wine)
Skill Level: 

Maybe you just got back from a sunny vacation and can’t get over how vibrant the people living in the area look. Maybe you’re looking for a way to jump start a healthier lifestyle. Whatever your reasons for looking into the Mediterranean diet, it’s an excellent choice.

Join Kate Zaidan, second generation proprietor at Dean’s Mediterranean Imports at Findlay Market, for a hands-on exploration of the basics of Mediterranean Cooking for food that is healthy, delicious, fast and affordable. The ethos of the Mediterranean Diet is simple: start with super fresh, high quality, whole ingredients. Use them to make simple, nourishing dishes. And perhaps most importantly, eat them slowly, with friends (and a glass of wine never hurts!). CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Essentials of Vegetable Gardening Series

Dates: Wednesdays, March 4th,11th,18th,25th, 6-8pm
Instructors: Sarah Stolz, Aaron Habig, Lisa C. Andrews, Greg Potter
$50 for the 4 class series (classes also available as an individual class at $15)

This 4 part series is great for beginner gardeners and long time gardeners alike. This series will introduce the basics of vegetable gardening as well as take a deeper dive into topics such as the importance of soil health for your plants, how to incorporate your harvest into the kitchen, and how to start vegetables from seed. See class descriptions below. Whether 2020 is your first growing season or your 20th, this series has something for every gardener out there. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.


Basic Organic Vegetable Gardening

Date: Wednesday, March 4th, 6-8pm
Instructor: Sarah Stolz , Campbell County Extension Agent for Horticulture
$15 (free for CGC volunteers, call us to register)

Calling all beginner gardeners! Join Sarah Stolz to learn the basics of garden management including how to plant, maintain and harvest your garden. Topics will include timing the vegetable garden, seasonal considerations, variety selection, companion planting, and implementing BMP’s into your garden. She will also cover common pests and diseases. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

The Importance of Soil Health

Date: Wednesday, March 11th, 6-8pm
Instructor: Aaron Habig, Earthwork Technician, Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation District
Cost: $15 (free for CGC volunteers, call us to register)

This class will provide an introduction to basic soil science and discuss the importance of conserving and cultivating a biologically active soil to grow healthy plants. The seasonal cycle of soil as well as composting, green manure and cover crops will be reviewed as part of a strategy to build fertile soil. Soil testing kits will be available. The cost of the soil test for Hamilton County residents within a Hamilton County Stormwater District jurisdiction is $5 per test, Limit 2 test kits. For gardeners living outside of a Hamilton County SW Jurisdiction or outside Hamilton County, the fee is $12 per test. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Gardening Healthy Traditions: Perspectives on Nutrition & Food Preparation

Date: Wednesday, March 18th, 6-8pm
Instructor: Lisa C. Andrews, MEd, RD, LD Owner/Nutrition Consultant Sound Bites Nutrition, LLC and Greg Potter, Community Gardens Coordinator, Civic Garden Center
Cost: $15 (free for CGC volunteers, call us to register)

Put your garden to use! Join Lisa Andrews for an overview about nutrition and eating a healthy diet including whole foods, fruits and vegetables. Additional topics covered include: growing, cooking, preserving, and eating healthy food. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Seed Starting and Thriving Garden Practices

Date: Wednesday, March 25th, 6-8pm
Instructor: Greg Potter, Community Gardens Coordinator, Civic Garden Center
Cost: $15 (free for CGC volunteers, call us to register)

Learn the process of starting plants from seed both indoors and out. In addition this class will cover the topics of crop rotation, beneficial insects, weeding, mulching and more. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Seed Saving and Sharing

Date: Wednesday, April 1st, 6-8pm
Instructor: Ben Cohen, founder of Michigan Seed Library and seed producer for Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
Cost: Cost: $15 ($5 for volunteers)

You have seen the stunning varieties in the Baker Creek catalog, come meet one of the growers that makes that beauty happen. Join us for a fun and informative seed saving workshop! Learn how to harvest, clean and store seeds from many of your favorite garden vegetables including tomatoes, peppers, melons, squash, beans and more! Use this information to help you decide which varieties to plant this year! This lecture will include live demonstrations on many techniques as well as hands on learning opportunities for those in attendance. We can guarantee that you will go home with some seeds and plenty of knowledge. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Ben Cohen, author, herbalist, gardener, seed saver and wanderer.  Founder of Michigan Seed Library, he has worked to establish nearly seventy seed library programs. Ben offers workshops and lectures nationally on the benefits of living closer to the land. He finds himself at home wherever his hands are in the soil, sowing the seeds of yesterday to reap the bountiful harvest of tomorrow. Ben will also be signing copies of his book, Saving Our Seeds, after the workshop.